While there is some truth behind the saying, “you can’t put a price on happiness,” it only applies if you make an extra effort to compensate for the lack of resources. That being said, with a little bit of creativity, you can still celebrate Christmas and make this special day of the year extra special despite having a limited budget.
Read on our tips below to celebrate the holiday season on a budget.
Set the right atmosphere
Have you ever associated the smell of cinnamon roll with Christmas? If yes, that’s your olfactory sense triggering your brain, particularly the part called the amygdala, to remember your childhood.
Why not take advantage of the close relationship between the olfactory and the amygdala to set the right mood for this holiday season? For example, you can fill your house with foods that emit the whiff of Christmas. Or better yet, make your own “holiday smell.”
To fill your mobile home with a holiday scent, pop a pot of boiling water on the stove and gather some supplies from your pantry and garden. Add some slices of oranges, pine needles, nutmeg, clogs, and cinnamon and simmer them on low heat.
Next, play some Christmas tunes, take out our coziest blankets (opt for cotton fleece and plaid fabric), and wear your holiday-themed sweatshirt to complement the festive smell.
DIY Christmas decorations
You don’t have to spend a fortune on Christmas decorations. If you have trees around your neighborhood, you can have fresh greenery garlands that are way better than plastic ones because they have this sweet and refreshing scent that evokes your nostalgic childhood past.
Opt for boxwood, pine, fir, and cedar to create your greenery garlands, which you can use around your front door, windows, porch columns, and railings. You can also use them for your mantel decoration, wreath, and even chandelier. Just add some silver Christmas balls, red berries, candy canes, and other colorful knick-knacks.
You can also decorate with what is meaningful to you. For example, if you are into ice skating, why not fill your skates with fresh greenery and some red berries and hang them on your front door? Or perhaps pick your kid’s favorite toys and hang them in their rooms?
Watch the town Christmas parade
Gather your family to watch the town Christmas parade, which is often held around Thanksgiving or a week after this celebration (FYI, some mobile home parks in Sacramento also have this tradition). This is a fun outing experience with family and friends, and yes, it’s also free!
After the parade, hold a potluck dinner where you can also gift swap. Just make sure that there is a rule that limits the dollar amount to $5 or $10 and with each guest only bringing one gift. And to make it even more fun, the gift should have a “theme,” like funny, silly, utilitarian, or edible.
Enjoy the light displays
Spend an evening with friends and family visiting decorated squares and lighted neighborhoods. If you don’t know where to begin, Google search local communities that are renowned for their Christmas decorations.
You can also gather your friends and family to attend Christmas tree lighting ceremonies (towns and business establishments often have this tradition). Some communities even take their ceremony to the next level by offering guests homemade cookies and hot chocolate.
These are some ingenious but affordable ways to celebrate your Christmas. Whether you love the idea of DIY holiday decorations, hosting a gift swap, or attending tree lighting ceremonies and town parades, this holiday season is the perfect time to create happy memories.
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